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Gilda Cordero Fernando at SLab
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Gilda Cordero Fernando, writer and all-around creative force, opens her solo exhibit, CLAIMING A PIECE OF PARADISE AND FACEBOOK on April 27, 2011 at SLab, the Silverlens Galleries.

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Each one of Gilda’s watercolor pieces tells a story. See if you can catch her telling the story on this one titled:
DISCOURSES ON MORTALS AND IMMORTALS P-NOY PROBLEM: Do you think the STAR will still find us here?

Discourses on Mortals and Immortals 2011

Exhibit runs until May 28, 2011
SLab is at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension Makati
Tel. 816-0044
To know more go to http://www.silverlensphoto.com or http://slab.silverlensphoto.com

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Got milk?
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HONG KONG—My seven-year-old son was ecstatic when I ordered milk with his Happy Meal at McDonald’s in Hong Kong.
Holding my hand while carrying the takeaway he said, “Thank you, mommy.”
It felt so good.

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We’re lucky all our boys still love milk at ages 3, 7, and 9. They don’t like soft drinks or ice cream.
I told them Daddy is tall because he drank milk and mommy is short because she drinks Coke.
Tell that to boys who are obsessed with basketball.
Jeroen says he wishes Jollibee and McDonald’s would offer milk in their restaurants here.
Because fastfood restaurants receive a lot of (monetary) support from softdrink companies, sadly that’s what they push, even for breakfast. They should always have bottled water available for customers watching their diet.
Here’s what they offer at McDonald’s USA: low-fat Milk Jugs in chocolate or fresh.

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Surely Jollibee and McDonald’s can tie-in with Magnolia or Nestlé if they wanted to, and if they cared enough for our kids?

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The obvious
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You don’t need to be a nuclear scientist to know that if you want rich, decent, spending tourists to come to the Philippines, make sure they have a comfortable, pleasant experience and not a disgusting one.
Therefore, all that tourism budget spent on joining trade fairs abroad, bringing archaic Bayanhiyan dancers, and planning all sorts of ad campaigns are all worthless, if the tourist comes here and finds our toilets disgusting, with no flush, no toilet paper, and everything gross you can imagine.

Philippines losing $40 million to poor sanitation, dirty toilets
Bea Cupin/KBK, GMA News

Think your lunch is the biggest possible loss after visiting a dirty and unkempt public toilet? Think again.
According to a 2008 study by the Economic of Sanitation Initiative (ESI), a project under the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program, the Philippines losses over P77.8 billion annually due to poor sanitation.
While most of the losses are felt in the health sector, a percentage of the losses is also felt in the country’s tourism sector.
According to ESI, “the total number of tourists choosing a country for their holiday is partially related to the general sanitary conditions of the country.”
One of these factors include the presence of toilets that offer comfort and privacy in hotels, restaurants and bus stations.
ESI estimated tourism losses at around $40 million in their report. In a report on GMA News’ “State of the Nation Address,” Steve Dailisan traveled through parts of the North Luzon Expressway and reported that many of the expressway’s toilets are in varying degrees of disarray—from the absence of running water, soap and tissue paper, to a general lack of upkeep and maintenance.
The ESI reported that while most developing countries reported double-digit growth in tourism, the Philippines’ performance from 1994-2004 only grew by an average annual rate of 5 percent. A decline in tourist expenditures was also reported in the same time period.
Recently, the country’s toilets made it to the headlines after a travel website listed the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as the worst airport in Asia, due in part to the airport’s filthy toilets.
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